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PCIe 4.0 support UNLOCKED on GIGABYTE X470/B450 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

AMD's next-generation X570-series motherbaords will be debuting in the coming months with PCIe 4.0 technology, but current-gen boards are also seeing support for the new PCIe standard with GIGABYTE X470 and B450 boards receiving BIOS updates enabling support when paired with a new Ryzen 3000 series processor.




GIGABYTE's new BIOS updates for X470 and B450 motherboards include PCIe 4.0 support, with a post on Reddit by 'mVran' showing the F40 BIOS for the AORUS Gaming 7 Wi-Fi X470 has Gen 1/2/3/4 support. Then we have leaker Momomo_Us tweeting out that the F40 BIOS also adds PCIe 4.0 support to the B450I AORUS PRO Wi-Fi motherboard.


You will only get PCIe 4.0 support when you pair the PCIe 4.0-capable motherboard with a new Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series CPU. The first PCIe 3.0 slot on supported motherboards will operate at PCIe 4.0 speeds over the CPU PCIe lanes while the rest of the PCIe slots would still flow through the PCH as normal, but this will vary board to board so you will need to be careful.

BIOSTAR confirms Zen 2 CPU support on current-gen AM4 boards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week ago

We've reported from the current rumors just recently that AMD's next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs will work on current-gen 300/400-series motherboards, but now motherboard maker BIOSTAR has confirmed this.




BIOSTAR has released a list of motherboards that will support AMD's new Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, which will include all chipsets from the A320, B350, B450, X370, and X470-based motherboards BIOSTAR has on the market. BIOSTAR will have 5 motherboards that will work with Ryzen 3000 series CPUs on the lower-end A320 chipset, which confirms that the A320 chipset will indeed work with Zen 2-based CPUs.


Here's the list of motherboards BIOSTAR has announced with Ryzen 3000 series support:


X470 chipset:


  • X470GT8
  • X470GTN

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Super Micro production leaves China after spying allegations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 8, 2019 1:36 am

It was only last October that Bloomberg ran a story claiming that super-tiny spy chips were being planted on Super Micro motherboards and that China had access to it all, including the servers these motherboards went into, and sometimes into the heights of Apple and Amazon server farms.




The problem is that there has been zero evidence of this found by independent investigators and now Super Micro is suffering through sales of certain US customers that have ties with the US government, and is now moving their production out of China to ensure these clients that nothing nefarious is going on. The company is now building its own production facilities, so that they won't need to worry about people questioning their security in future products.


China was and still is a huge player in the server-grade component production market, with the country making close to 90% of the nearly 14 million server motherboards made in China in 2017. All those servers and they're built in China, and Super Micro is accused of putting spy chips on their motherboards without proof and no one is batting an eyelid at the majority of server motherboards being made in China. Kay.

ASRock's cute new mini-ITX board supports 28C/56T Xeon CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 7, 2019 3:20 am

ASRock has made its new super-small but monster-packed ASRock Rack MITX EPC621D4I-2M motherboard that packs the Intel LGA 3647 socket that is capable of taking an Intel Xeon Scalable CPU.




The new ASRock Rack MITX EPC621D4I-2M board uses the C621 chipset and is the smallest C621-based motherboard on the market, the smallest board capable of taking the latest Skylake-SP and Cascade Lake-SP processors in the Intel Xeon Scalable family of CPUs. The board can handle up to 128GB of DDR4 memory at up to 2666MHz while the new ASRock Rack MITX EPC621D4I-2M motherboard packs:


  • 2 x DIMM (128GB DDR4 RAM support)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
  • 2 x M.2 slots
  • 5 x SATA ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 GbE
  • 1 x VGA connector




The board can handle most CPUs apart from the high-end Xeon W-3175X because the ASRock Rack MITX EPC621D4I-2M supports CPUs at up to 205W, so the rest of the CPUs including other 28C/56T chips will be fine. While the Xeon W-3175X will work in the board, you'll hit that 205W TDP pretty quickly and see the CPU clocks drop quickly. I wouldn't bother.

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GIGABYTE celebrates AMD turning 50 with new X470 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 2, 2019 5:28 am

If you didn't already know, AMD turned 50 years old on May 1 and outed its new Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition and Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Edition products, while AIB partner SAPPHIRE revealed its slick yellow-themed Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ 50th Anniversary Edition, and GIGABYTE even stepped into the celebrations with its new X470 AORUS Gaming 7 Wi-Fi-50 motherboard.




GIGABYTE's new X470 AORUS Gaming 7 Wi-Fi-50 motherboard has a specially designed box with the AORUS logo embossed in a beautiful gold to celebrate AMD turning 50. The board is a special edition kit with custom overlay that sits under the 24-pin ATX power connector, which has 'AORUS x AMD 50th Anniversary" markings in the RGB LED array.


There's no difference with the actrual board and the non-50 version, so I don't see the point - especially with X570 around the corner. But again, it'll be an awesome collectors item one day. Buy it and keep it in the box.

ASRock's next-gen X570 motherboards teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 29, 2019 4:42 am

It looks like ASRock will have a big Computex 2019 ahead of it in a few weeks time, with the company teasing its next-gen products on its official Facebook page.



The quick video gives us a very brief glimpse at an upcoming series motherboard in its Phantom Gaming range of boards, which will most likely be a new X570-based board that will be compatible with AMD's next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. AMD is poised to unveil a wide range of new products in Taipei next month at Computex 2019, something that will include the next-gen Zen 2 architecture and Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, the new X570 chipset to accomodate the new Zen 2 processors, and its next-gen Navi GPU.

MSI MEG X570 Creation motherboard with Zen 2 CPU spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 2, 2019 2:18 am

MSI will be soon announcing and releasing its new X570 Creation motherboard, something that has been teased on an EEC listing.




The new MSI X570 Creation motherboard will be the enthusiast-ready from the company that will work with AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. The upcoming MSI motherboard had an early engineering sample of an upcoming Zen 2 processor codenamed "2DS104BBM4GH2_38/34_N" as an ES1 (engineering sample) processor with 4C/8T with a 65W TDP and 3.4/3.8GHz CPU clock speeds.


We're looking at a new Ryzen 3 processor by the looks of things, as a 4C/8T chip on the 7nm node under the new Zen 2 architecture. We will see AMD release a slew of new Ryzen 3000 series processors:


  • Ryzen 3 3300 - 6/12 - 3.2/4.0GHz - 50w - $99
  • Ryzen 3 3300X - 6/12 - 3.5/4.3GHz - 65w - $129
  • Ryzen 3 3300G - 6/12 - 3.0/3.8GHz - 65w - $129
  • Ryzen 5 3600 - 8/16 - 3.6/4.4GHz - 55w - $178
  • Ryzen 5 3600X - 8/16 - 4.0/4.8GHz - 95w - $229
  • Ryzen 5 3600G - 8/16 - 3.2/4.0GHz - 95w - $199
  • Ryzen 7 3700 - 12/24 - 3.8/4.6GHz - 95w - $299
  • Ryzen 7 3700X - 12/24 - 4.2/5.0GHz - 105w - $329
  • Ryzen 9 3800X - 16/32 - 3.9/4.7GHz - 125w - $449
  • Ryzen 9 3850X - 16/32 - 4.3/5.1GHz - 135w - $499

GIGABYTE X499 motherboard range teased, ready for AMD Zen 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 2, 2019 1:15 am

AMD will be revealing its next-gen Zen 2 architecture in the coming months, which will bring big improvements in clock speeds, IPC performance, power efficiency, and much more. In this blend of announcements we will also see the new X570 chipset released, which will deliver PCIe 4.0 for the first time ever.




We've already seen some leaks of upcoming ASUS motherboards, but now it's time for a gander at the GIGABYTE range of X570 motherboards which will be led by the flagship X570 AORUS Extreme motherboard. There's also some X499 motherboards which will work with the Threadripper 3000 series processors, which will be using the Zen 2 architecture on 7nm with up to 32C/64T.


The full list of GIGABYTE X570 motherboards:


  • X570 AORUS PRO
  • X570 GAMING X

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ASUS installs malware onto tens of thousands of PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 26, 2019 3:59 am

If you've got a PC with an ASUS motherboard and ASUS Live Update installed, you might want to read into this story. Security firm Kaspersky has reported that hackers have been able to get backdoor access in up to millions of PCs.




How? Through firmware updates through ASUS' own Live Update software. Live Update lets ASUS upload drivers, software, and firmware updates to compatible PCs. This includes pre-installed versions of Live Update on ASUS-powered laptops and desktops, and as a standalone downloads to countless ASUS motherboard owners.


VICE Motherboard published a story recently, which Kaspersky replied in a blog post detailing more of what happened with ASUS. The security firm said over 57,000 users of its anti-virus software have downloaded, and installed the compromised version of Live Update. Make note of that: this is for people using Kaspersky anti-virus software, there would be many magnitudes more that don't use their software, and thus weren't considered in these 57,000 people.


UPDATE: ASUS official response at full news post

Continue reading 'ASUS installs malware onto tens of thousands of PCs' (full post)

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula teased, first with PCIe 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 25, 2019 1:14 am

AMD will be launching its next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs just before or during Computex, with the new X570 motherboards designed to support the new 7nm processors on the new Zen 2 architecture.




ASUS will be launching a new range of X570 motherboards with VideoCardz reporting that we are to expect a flagship ROG Crosshair VIII Formula motherboard. There are 12 motherboards in the X570 range so far, with AMD making the new chipset in-house versus using something made by ASMedia. Not only that, but the X570 will be the first chipset out to market with PCIe 4.0 connectivity.


We will know more about AMD's upcoming Zen 2 processors in the coming months, especially as we inch closer and closer to the launch of the X570 chipset and the exciting new PCIe 4.0 connectivity.


  • PRIME X570-P
  • PRIME X570-PRO
  • Pro WS X570-ACE